Saturday, September 02, 2006

10-Second Film Reviews #3

More exciting than college football, pennant races and NASCAR combined: it's my 10-second film reviews!

Movies I've seen this past week, along with my Netflix ratings:

Chinatown: One of my favorite movies. A neo-film noir classic. Polanski directed it, Towne wrote it and Nicholson stars in it. Three legends working in unison, making movie magic. Faye Dunaway is fantastic as usual. Mesmerizing plotline. Some fantastic comedic moments are interspersed throughout this gritty detective flick. (*****)

Napoleon Dynamite: Not very funny or compelling, yet interesting nonetheless. Deb is the glue that keeps this movie together. Napoleon is worth watching for his odd quirks and injections, even though his character doesn't do or change much. The tone and style was consistent. Also the movie doesn't resort to cursing or low-brow material; definitely a good thing. (***)

How to Marry a Millionaire: Great satire. It's a little light on laughs, but the story and characters are wonderfully crafted. Marilyn Monroe is stunning, and her character steals every scene she's in. It was the first feature made using CinemaScope, and the movie took advantage of the new technology. There's some terrific visuals (and that's not even including the girls). (****)

Shoot the Piano Player: A French New Wave film about a pianist's troubles, past and present. The frenetic style mostly works. In these types of movies characters tend to do and say things that make you scratch your head. It's no different here, although that's part of the New Wave charm. Noteworthy is a fantastic singing scene in the bar. (****)

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